In the 91st Psalm we read, "There shall no evil befall thee." This promise is absolute, but we should remember that it is for him alone who has made the Lord his refuge. In Genesis we read that the presence of ten right-thinking men was required to save Sodom from destruction, the earnest appeal of Lot serving but to cover his own retreat, with his family, from the city's impending doom. We have also the words of Ezekiel, foretelling desolation to the land of Israel because of iniquity: "Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God."

In reading the following account of a railway collision. in which one of the trains was wrecked and the other spared, some may ask why a Christian Science prayer for protection should not have covered both trains. In reply I can only point to the above Scriptural passages, and also say that my understanding of the truth, and therefore my demonstration, was limited; but this experience is given in the hope that other travelers may be helped by what was to me a great proof of the value of prayer on scientific lines, in bringing me a sense of divine protection. I know that as the adherents of Christian Science grow in number and in understanding, so will the life-preserving power of Truth be more perfectly demonstrated. When the whole world shall have accepted its teaching, accidents will be unknown.

It was near the end of last August, after leaving Chicago by the Union Pacific railroad for Salt Lake City, that my thoughts were uplifted in prayer for the safety of the train and all within it. I realized that God, the All-good, was ever-present, and this prayer, not of supplication but of assurance, was followed by a calm sense of security. I knew that there was nothing to fear, and from that moment I gave myself up to the enjoyment of the journey.

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March 7, 1908

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